One of the things I love about the new syllabus is the fact that we have field trips. For my second field trip I choose to go to the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. It was definitely a new experience and they had so much to offer. For my first field trip I went to the Museum of the moving image which was really cool, but the Sony wonder technology lab tops it all. When I entered I was given a card, and then I took my picture which was uploaded to the card so when I traveled through the lab I could scan my card and it allows me to do the activities they had all over the lab. One of the first activities my best friend Stephanie and I did was sending a message to another station in the lab. We created our own image and decorated it however we wanted. Then at the end of that activity we got to send it to another station where someone could receive our message. One of the other activities we did was this dance activity, where we went into this dome and the character would do the same dance we were doing.
That was pretty cool but the most exciting part of the entire trip was being a news reporter. The Sony wonder technology lab had this news center set up and you get the opportunity to be the reporter reporting the news. Stephanie and I did the activity and it was really interesting and exciting at the same time. The cameras were facing us and the lines came up to tell us the story we were reporting. We reported news about polar bears and their extinction in the world and what the viewers could do to help.
It was a very interesting activity because we got to live in the life of a news reporter. I always thought it was easy when I see it on TV, but it’s far from easy because you have to keep looking at the camera while reading properly. One of the difficult things about the activity was how fast the writing was going because you still have to read it at a pace where the viewers could understand what you’re saying. When we finished recording we got a chance to see it on the television on the other side which is the recording listed below. Another activity we did was getting to mix audio. It was a big room with a table set up and a small circle that could fit in your palm and it allows you to mix the audio playing on the table. We scanned our cards and then stated the activity. The song we had to do a mix of was Alicia Keys Empire state of mind. There were three other people in the room participating in the same activity. We all added our own melody to the beat of the song. We had choices of the guitar, bass, drums, and even jazz that we could add to the official song. When we finished the song is played back and it shows our picture and the things we added to make the song sound better. It was definitely a fun activity because who knew adding so much different sounds to one piece of music could make it sound like a completely different song. The song is an R&B song but when we were finished adding our beat to it, it went from R&B to hip hop then to country, jazz and a little techno. Overall it was an amazing trip with a lot of great memories. I wish we had more field trips to go on because the field trips give the students a more broader aspect of Communication Technology as a major and the places we get to visit have a lot of interacting activities for students of all ages.
PLEASE use CAUTION when listening to this TWISTED DREAM, It WILL CREEP YOU OUT
For my sound project, I decided to create my version of a nightmare. The process of creating this mashup was really fun. This idea came from an audio bank project on the DS106 website. I used different audio clips from freesound.org that gave off a “creepy,” “horror” feel. Me personally, I’m a HUGE fan of horror movies. “Insidious” and “A Haunting in Connecticut” are a few of my favorite movies to watch.
The sound clips I used were on FreeSound.org. I setup an account and took some time to google keywords such as “Screams,” Laughter” and “Walking.” The whole dream is a story from beginning to end. In the beginning you can hear the person playing and walking through a field as the nursery rhyme dies out. Embedded throughout the track I sped up the heartbeat and pattern of breathing through Audacity. I also used sounds that were played backwards in order to create a creepy effect. At the end of the nightmare I added a slice clip to show that the listener has reached the point of no return.. Mwuahahahahahahaaa!!(evil laugh)
My goal of this project was to scare the hell out of you guys. This definitely creeped me out when I first heard it playback all together. Although this project isn’t a movie, I wanted listeners to actually feel like they were apart of the nightmare. Sounds often trigger fears. In this article by The New York Times it describes how sounds trigger emotions and may cause people to have frequent outbursts of rage or sadness.
I used Pro Tools to combine my clips to create my project. I’ve never used Pro Tools before so it was really interesting putting together this masterpiece. I don’t think I’m a pro at Pro Tools (wink, wink) but I would probably use it again. I’m more of a fan of Audacity as compared to Pro Tools because Audacity is much more simple. Their aren’t a lot of buttons and knobs to control audio. Overall I had a great time making this “NightMare” and I hope you guys also find it very creepy. PLEASE SHARE!
I went on my first field trip to the museum and let me tell you this museum is like no other. What museum am I talking about? Museum of the Moving Image. Museum of the Moving Image opened in 1988 and the only museum that have everything from art to technology but before that the museum started back in 1970 where the foundation took control of the former Astoria Studios which was called The Astoria Motion Picture and Television Center Foundation.
Everybody remember the Super Mario Bros that came out in 1985 for the Nintendo entertainment system. In 1985, according to the museum “it has breathed new life into the home video game industry. With the help of Super Mario Bros, the Nintendo sell 60 million units of the NES
We use different types of microphones weather its a Shure, Omnidirectional, Directional, Condenser, or any other type of microphones. So in the museum they have different types of microphones that was used in films, television shows and more
Now the microphone that I recognized in this picture was the Shure, which in on the top to your left. This microphone is functioned by using time delay networks on sounds arriving at openings at the back of the mic making it control cancellation and producing a cardioid pattern.Also, the microphone is known to be on camera appearances in the 1950s. You probably this microphone used by a famous person who died a long time along Elvis Presley or in the 1950s used for radio shows.
In 1913, the Motiograph 35mm Model 1A was introduced to the Enterprise Optical Company of Chicago which was discovered by Alvah C. Roebuck of Sears, Roebuck and Company. Who Alvah C. Roebuck? Just click on his name to find more information. Sears was started to sell Roebuck’s first motion picture projector, The Optigraph, in 1898. The Optigraph can be used in Silent Film movie.
It was a great experience. Learning about the microphones, the film projector, the video games and much more I realize these things are incredible. Especially watching silent movies and only hearing the sound effects after every action that goes in the film. The one film I find funny was The Great Train Robbery which came out in 1903 which was directed by Edwin Porter who was a former Edison Studios cameramen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKv-LMfu4AY
For my third project I took a different approach. I presented myself with a question. How can I integrate both audio and video into one medium? In order to answer this question I had to do more research on video applications and programs. My first goal was to research other programs and chose one, second goal was to learn how to use that program, and the final goal was to apply that knowledge into completing an audio assignment. One program that was brought up was Windows movie maker. It’s available on all Microsoft Windows PC’s. I’m very familiar with this program but I wanted to explore more options. Then I came across Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s a video editing software application. I’ve always witnessed other colleges using it but I never tried it. It also made sense to learn more about it since I already use Adobe Audition. Personally I think adobe’s products are top of the line. After choosing this program I decided to do the assignment from the DS106 audio assignment bank, “Car Chase Commentary“.
To start things off I decided to go with Adobe Premiere Pro. Through the help of YouTube and Adobe Creative Cloud I found multiple video tutorials on how to use the application. The tutorials made it much more easier to understand the program. When the application is opened it makes you choose the type of project you want such as a new project. Then the program makes you name the file and you can also adjust the video settings for the file. When this is all done, you’re finally able to start working on the project. So first you must go to file, then click import which allows you to upload a video or audio file. At this point I uploaded the two files. One was the video I chose to comment over and the other was the actual audio file of my voice over recording which was done with the handy H2N Zoom. Premiere Pro places the video in a section on the screen where you can play/pause, fast forward and etc. But below that section is another section which displays both the audio and video integration where you can adjust the timing and set up of where the audio starts, how short or how long you want the video or audio.
After I uploaded both files onto the project I realize that I would need to edit the audio aspect of the project. Premiere pro easily allows you to do this but through the use of Adobe Audition. Apparently both applications work together which was so convenient for me. I added police sirens and ambulance effects to the audio. This process allowed me to learn more editing techniques such as adding a reverb to the police sirens. The original police siren changed from sounding flat and up close to echoing and distant. It also helped to have the volume gradually increase. The audio of the video was also available to edit and I lowered different parts of the track where outside voices could be heard. The sound of the grass being cut was left alone because I thought it added more detail to the track.
Once the audio of the video was completed all that was left was just to add a classy beginning and ending. The assignment was to provide commentary on any video as if you were a TV anchor/reporter. The video I chose was taken off of YouTube and also the “breaking news” clips. When the project was completed I only had some difficulty with how to save the video. In order to save it you had to click “Export” and specify the exact modifications that you wanted the video to be exported with. At first I exported the video as a MPEG-4 file but when I loaded the video on media player the video playback was smaller than the original clip. In order to get the proper export format I decided to check the option “match sequence settings”. This allowed the video to playback in its original settings which was mp4. Finally I was able to upload the finished project video onto my YouTube account. This assignment proved to be a huge learning experience for me. Not only did I achieve more audio editing skills with audition but I also discovered and learned how to use Premiere Pro. How can I integrate both audio and video into one medium, by using Adobe Premiere Pro. It allows for top notch editing and handling of video/audio mixing. I’m looking forward to using this application for future assignments.
Old-Time Radio Shows: “On the Air” 1937 Chevrolet 10min
Horror Radio Shows Lights Out: Little Old Lady
Inventions that shook the world – 1900s
The purpose of this post, is a research on the history radios and how it works. While Television has always been popular, with the pictures, it showed and the drama the characters portrayed. My mom had forbidden me to watch television at a young age. She would complain that the rays that emitted from the television screen may cause blindness with prolong periods of watching. Then one day, as I was sitting in my dining room table eating my bowl of cereal. I heard sounds, I heard galloping horses, and thunderous rain pouring. I heard a man proclaim loudly, as the sound of metal swiping across the harsh air, this man was holding a weapon….he was holding a sword.
This was my interpretation of what was happening when the radio played. On the Television scene, imagination is not necessary because everything is shown to you visually. With the radio, you can pretty much conjure up the whole scene in your head with the storyline that the radio introduces. While imagery in the television easily shows you what is happening in the moment, the radio has the ability to shock you for it uses only noise.
Images of the first radio:
So how are radio’s invented?
What the Scientist did:
Radio was invented with the discovery of electromagnetic waves. The very first person that came up with the idea of this was Hans Christian Oersted in 1820. Oersted’s theory was later confirmed by Michael Faraday ten years later. In 1864, James Clerk Maxwell published a theoretical paper stating that electromagnetic currents could be perceived at a distance. In 1880, German physicist Heinrich Hertz tested Maxwell’s theory and confirmed it.
What the inventor did:
Guglielmo Marconi was the first inventor who took the theory of the electromagnetic waves and turning it into a entertainment enterprise. In September, 1899, he astounded the world by telegraphing the results of the America’s Cup yacht races from a ship at sea to a land-based station in New York. By the end of 1901, Marconi had founded his own commercial wireless company and broadcast the first transatlantic signal.
When the radio reached its golden period:
“The period between the late 1920s and the early 1950s is considered the Golden Age of Radio, in which comedies, dramas, variety shows, game shows, and popular music shows drew millions of listeners across America. But in the 1950s, with the introduction of television, the Golden Age faded. Still, radio remained a pop-culture force. Developments like stereophonic broadcasting, which began in the 1960s, helped radio maintain its popularity.”
Parts of an radio.
Any radio setup has two parts, a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter and the receiver both uses antennas to capture the radio signal. We have different types of radio waves and it is all around us, this includes TV broadcasts, AM and FM radio broadcasts, police and fire radios, satellite TV transmissions, cell phone conversations, GPS signals, and so on. It also has an antennae.An antennae can be anything from a stiff long wire to a massive satellite dish. Radio transmitters use tall antennae towers to transmit their signals.
Have you ever noticed the antennas all around us, the long metal poles with odd looking shapes that hold up wires that connect everywhere above us? Ina neighborhood and on the streets these antennas are everywhere, but we never really bother to take them into consideration. The jobs of these antennas are to give our electronics the signals it needs to function. These electronics include your house phone, your television, and your cable is often the receiver on the top of your house. But due to the invention of new, more fast paced service such as Wifi a lot of these dishes or not as popular as they were in the 90s.
How antennas worked: It is transmitting a sine wave with a frequency of 680,000 hertz. In one cycle of the sine wave, the transmitter is going to move electrons in the antenna in one direction, switch and pull them back, switch and push them out and switch and move them back again. In other words, the electrons will change direction four times during one cycle of the sine wave. If the transmitter is running at 680,000 hertz, that means that every cycle completes in (1/680,000) 0.00000147 seconds. One quarter of that is 0.0000003675 seconds. At the speed of light, electrons can travel 0.0684 miles (0.11 km) in 0.0000003675 seconds. That means the optimal antenna size for the transmitter at 680,000 hertz is about 361 feet (110 meters). So AM radio stations need very tall towers. For a cell phone working at 900,000,000 (900 MHz), on the other hand, the optimum antenna size is about 8.3 cm or 3 inches. (source Antenna Real life example)
Examples of radio that does look like a radio
A Baby Monitor.
• Modulation: Amplitude Modulation (AM)
• Frequency range: 49 MHz
• Number of frequencies: 1 or 2
• Transmitter power: 0.25 watts
A cell phone is another radio that evolved from the radio. It is much more sophisticated because a cell phone contains both the transmitter and a receiver, it can both be used at the same time. Along with the two, it is also able to understand hundreds of different frequencies.
Modulation: Frequency Modulation (FM)
Frequency range: 800 MHz
Number of frequencies: 1,644 (832 per provider, two providers per area)
Transmitter power: 3 watts.
First, I figured out exactly which songs I was going to use and how they would incorporate with one another. In my opinion thats the essential purpose of creating a song mashup, the relationship between the songs. The movie “Frozen” has been a big hit, especially at the Grammy’s. I watched about 20 minutes of the movie at home and turned it off because it was so cheesy I couldn’t take it anymore but it’s one of the best movies of the year at the moment, just not for me.
The track from this movie is called “Do You Want To Build A Snowman.”During the movie Elsa begged and begged for her sister (Anna) to come outside and build a snowman with her. As you hear during the track, Elsa is very persistent. During the movie Anna did not respond back to (LEFT)Elsa at all so I decided to come up with commentary for what Anna (RIGHT) might have said during that scene.
As far as my goals like I previously stated above, I wanted to make sure my listeners were able to make the connection between the songs I chose for the mashup. I read an essay recently on The Logic of “Mashup” in culture. Mashups were designed in the 1990’s from DJ’s. It was seen as a backlash/taboo against societies norms.
The songs I used in the mashup were:
1. Michael Jackson- Leave Me Alone
2. Shut Up- Black Eyed Peas
3. Because Of You- Kelly Clarkson
4. Guns N’ Roses- You’re Crazy
5. City & Colour- Waiting
6. Beyonce- Drunk In Love
7. Baeur- Do The Harlem Shake
After listening to my project, I hope you were able to distinguish the message I was trying to get across with the lyrics and clips I incorporated into the mashup. I used audacity to import my mp3 files and edited all my tracks on audacity as well. This was actually my first time using Audacity and I learned by playing around with buttons (Not using a tutorial), I usually use Windows Live Movie Maker so this is definitely a step up for me.
Music in general has different emotions. Songs can make you angry, sad or happy. In my case with Elsa and Anna I played the role of Anna, the older sister who views her younger sister as an annoying psychopath. That also was one of my overall influences because of an article I read online called “Does Music and Lyrical Content Influence Human Behavior.” Hopefully you guys found the mashup funny or entertaining, I know I did!
I found a interesting audio project in the DS106 assignment bank called “make em’ laugh”
With this assignment you have to find a short joke in another language other than any one you speak; record your voice telling the joke focusing on pronunciation and try to sound as natural as possible. You also have to add a music track underneath and a laugh track at the end.
I chose to find a french joke since I am interested in learning how to speak French fluently one day. While browsing through Google and came across a website specifically for learning how to speak French; and this is where I came across a couple french jokes and puns.
The joke I recorded above:
Une petite fille dit à son père:
– Papa! Papa! Regarde un bateau !
– C’est pas un bateau ça; c’est un yacht !
– Comment ça s’écrit «yacht »?
– Heu … tu as raison c’est un bateau !
A little girl says to her father: – Daddy! Daddy! Look! A boat! – That’s not a boat; it’s a yacht! – How do you spell “yacht”? – Er … you’re right; it’s a boat!
The joke here is that the little girl’s father corrected her about a boat that is called a Yacht; she asked him how to spell it and he didn’t know how, so he tells her just call it a boat.
I used Audition CS6 to edit my recording which was a little difficult for me because I have never used this editing software before. No worries! Here are two tutorials I found which helped me learn the basics of Audition and made the editing process a little easier. The first tutorial speaks about how to fade-in and fade-out; I used this at the end of my recording for the music track and the laugh track. The second tutorial speaks mainly about different techniques Audition has on editing.
Overall, I had fun doing this project because not only do I know a couple lines in french, I also know a french joke. Getting the pronunciation of the words took a couple takes but I finally got it. Also, watching the tutorials gave me a little insight on basic tools in Audition CS6 which might will help me with editing future projects.
“Welcome to Fatso Burger” is the beginning catch phrase that was used for this audio production project. For this assignment the main goal was to recreate a regular conversation between a customer making an order at a fast food restaurant. However the conversation shouldn’t be too regular. In fact, it should be creative with the customer requesting some rather picky selections off the menu. This assignment is from the DS106 audio assignment bank. One source of research that we used just to clarify what the project was about was from a tutorial that was provided.
Initially we aimed for trying to imitate a fast food conversation as good as possible. We wrote down a few notes for a short script on what we would say. The project included three people, Jordan Garcia, Lisa Atkins, and myself. The soft, respective yet annoyed womanly voice belonged to Lisa. Her role for this assignment was to be the cashier associate for Fatso Burger. The talented British impersonated voice that you heard belonged to Jordan Garcia. His role was to be the picky customer at Fatso Burger. My role for the project was to be the audio editor. I used the headphones to listen to the feedback during the recording. We used a USB microphone. The microphone is used for like radio sessions and it had particular levels for gain. The importance of levels really took place in this project. In order to understand levels I did a little more research. This information gave me a better understanding of how to interpret and manage levels for audio. The link discussed how audio equipment has dB scales,distortion, digital clipping and much more.
We used Audacity to do the recording and after a few test runs for audio levels and volume I took the file and edited it on Adobe Audition. I added a few sound effects to make the recording more realistic. I also included some back ground music to make it seem as if it was recorded in an actual restaurant. I really enjoyed doing this assignment. For one thing it gave me more knowledge on levels and editing audio. This makes me want to do more sound editing because its very interesting. Doing this project reminded me of the “All That” tv show that had a skit called Good Burger. There were similarities between Good Burger and Fatso Burger.
Above Top to Bottom: Finished project, Microphone tips for voice overs, Voice over and software use, Example of live high speed car chase in Australia,
This assignment which I found in the DS106 Audio assignment bank. It asked users to create a car chase commentary, as though we were a news anchor providing color commentary. For the action we had to find the most boring video possible, which really contrasts with how exciting an actual car chase would be and add a voice over to it. I added my own voice and a helicopter effect to video.
My main objective for this assignment is to :
1) Record a good voice over of myself for the video and add a helicopter sound effect. I managed to find this small write up about the Introduction to Film Sound on FilmSound.com which gave a good overview on the human voice, sound effects, and music. I also watched this clip on YouTube from Scare School on the Importance of Sound Effects. Even though I wasn’t going for the scary sounds that are in horrors, I can appreciate more how much the smallest effects can add to entire finished product.
2) Record myself using a USB condenser microphone rather than an a traditional XLR microphone. For this I read Sound On Sound’s review on the advantages of using a USB mic, and I also read through an Amazon customer forum and a Voice 123 forum where persons asked questions a and got some good feedback on the pros and cons of using a USB microphone.
3) Use the freeware audio software Audacity to record my voice over into a digital track. For this I figured it would make most sense to watch videos rather than to read some boring tutorial. I watched these two videos from Free Stuff and eHowTech on both how to possibly make your vocals clear or better when recording with Audacity.
I found this boring video of a cat, after all what is could really be more non-exciting than a video of cat not doing anything. So I downloaded the video from YouTube using KeepVid and I also took this helicopter sound effect which I liked and also downloaded with KeepVid.
The next step was one which I thought would be easy, but turned out to be much harder than I expected. I was muting the video and trying to improv some commentary to the video as it played and I record myself. That was not working after several takes. So I ended up writing out a script as I watched the video in parts making sure it was appropriate for the action or non-action rather that was on video.
To do my voice over recording I used the MXL USB .008 Condenser Microphone along with Audacity to record my voice as I watched the video. This again was not easy and took several takes to get it better, but Audacity does a good job of showing the levels of each channel being recorded. This was good because I couldn’t record myself on the microphone and listen through the headphones at the same time. This was very So after configuring the USB Microphone after I read the manual, it was basically just hitting the record button and and then stop button.
The audio was recorded in a stereo track on both channels at a frequency of 44.1khz and the software’s default sample rate of 32-bit. However the audio file was exported with the same frequency but with a 16-bit sample rate in a .WAV format since I didn’t want to loose quality using a compressed format such a MP3.
Since I had to record and watch the video at the same time that required that I had to start the voice recording before the video started and stop it after it finished. This worked out pretty well, then I was able to to trim the voice recording to just what I needed from what I recorded in Audacity.
My final step was when I placed all my media files in Premiere Pro, which I feel gives me more precise editing control rather than say iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. Since I had edited the audio I was going to use already I just had to unlink and delete the original audio from the video. Then align the voice over and effects where I wanted them to be corresponding to the video and adjust my audio levels. Finally I was able to render all my media on the timeline and export the project for in mp4 format for YouTube.